Skilled Impact Analysis: Level 1

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST

200 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA, 02116, United States

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST

Third Sector Capital Partners, 200 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA, 02116, United States.

Skilled Impact Analysis: Level 1

Purpose: Participants in this course will receive an introduction to social and environmental impact analysis - that is, how to understand impact through reporting about it that has been produced by others. Various fields - including accounting, economics, evaluation, finance, environmental science, social science and social entrepreneurship - have developed methods to help understand and account for the social and environmental impact of private business, investment, non-profit, and governmental activities. This course presents a framework for skilled impact analysis that contains practices and insights distilled from these fields. 

Takeaways include:

  • Know what constitutes a sound analysis of impact

  • Understand, interpret, and critique information on the social and environmental impact of investments, grants and enterprises

  • Know what to ask for from providers of impact information

Audience: The course is designed to help those who make investments, grants or donations assess the social and environmental impact of the activities they fund through information about it that is reported to them.


  • Gain confidence in decisions about how to align time and money with values
  • Avoid falling prey to “greenwashing”
  • Reduce impact risk 
  • Prepare for the SVI Certificate Exam in Skilled Analysis


Length: One-day course with materials to review before and after

Trainer: This training will be delivered by Sara Olsen, Vice President of Social Value US, methodology subcommittee co-chair of Social Value International, and founder of SVT Group.

Hosts: Third Sector Capital Partners 

For further information about the course framework, click here.

Social Value US

Social Value International is a global network of 1000 practitioners worldwide working "to change the way society accounts for value." All too often key decisions about resources and policies are made using a limited economic concept of value, which fails to consider important effects on people and the environment. As the gap between rich and poor increases and the effects of climate change become more apparent, our work has never been more urgent. Social Value International works with our members to embed core principles for social value measurement and analysis, to refine and share practice, and to build a powerful movement of like-minded people to influence policy. This pioneering community contains members from 45 countries, drawn from a huge range of different sectors and disciplines. Our goal at Social Value International is to support, connect, and represent our members through training, knowledge-sharing and networking. Social Value International is much more than a professional network. Together, we are building a movement for change. Social Value US is the United States’ associate network of Social Value International. Join us!

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